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N9 9. 3? 

October 1915. 



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RUHLEBEN 

CAMP SCHOOL. 









To the Camp! 

Appeal for funds. 

The success that has been the happy result 
of the Schools efforts has led naturally to 
increase in expenditure. Up tili now this has 
been met by Special Grants, and while the 
Current Expenditure will continue to be met 
in this way, the very considerable Initial 
Expense for Equipment — Partitioning, ßooks 
and Apparatus — is one which the Committee 
feel might well be borne in part by those who 
benefit from the School. 

Like practically all other activities in the 
Camp, the School is essentially a voluntary 
service; but when in these days of general 
sacrifice so much money from within the Camp 
is spent on Amüsement, the Committee feel 
that this Appeal for a Vo'untary Subscription 
for Education will surely meet with a generous 
response. 

Subscriptions should be handed into the 
School Office (between Bar. 2 & 3) during 
office hours 3 — 4. 30 any Afternoon, when a 
| receipt will be given. 

^ .. £) 




In 

Ruhleben Camp 

m 9. October 1915. 



|HE Camp pursues tlie unwontedly even tenor. 
of its way, the political groups around tlie 
5 Captains' Office cliat clieerily, with a marked 
absence of those swift eloquent glances into 
ß its shadowy portals, and there is no alteration 
in the price of the Camp Magazine to record and regret. 

But still the inexorable voice of Custom bids ns take 
heed that the first page of each issue must bear the imprint 
of what is commonly known as u the leading article", and 
which is, in reality, often the superfluons article. 

What a pity that Mr. Cohen did not call us into con- 
snltation before fixing upon the snbjects of the essays to 
be written for the Eisteddfod Literary Competition! Had 
he done so onr inevitable snggestion would have been "A 
leading article for 'In Ruhleben Camp'." What benefits 
might have accrued there from! For untold issues the Camp 
might have been pithily lectured, jokingly remonstrated 
with, might have been subjected to cautious congratulation 
on the one hand and to dignified rebuke on the other. 

Had Mr. Cohen only had forethough, the tone of the 
Camp rag might have been raised to the dizzy height of an 
"Saturday Review", or have rejoiced in the benevolent 
dignity of a /'Spectator". 

Alas ! the opportunity has been lost, the Eisteddfod 
Committee has fixed its programme as unalterably as the 
laws of the Medes and the Persians, and as result the Camp 
must bear with us, remembering that at least we strive 
our ignoble utmost, and take as our editorial greeting for 
the fortnight, "Well boys, football has begun, and here's to 
a jolly and a final season in Ruhleben!" 



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1 AR TS & SCIENCE I 
| UNION 1 

1 THE CIRCLES. 1 











Hour 


Circle 


Chairman 


i 


Secretary 


of Meeting 


French 


Mr. Balfour 


Mr. 


Barry (Seh. B.) 


3 Tuesday 


German 


Prof. Patchett 


Mr. 


Carr (2) 


1.4^ Wed. 


Spanish 


Mr. Barry 


Mr. 


Steer (7) 


3 Friday 


Italian 


Mr. Cutayar 


Mr. 


Struckmeyer' 3) 


2 Sun. 7 Tu, 
& Th. 


*Science 


Dr. Lechmere 


Mr. 


Chadwick (10) 


6.30 Wed. 


Technical 


Mr. Simon 


Mr. 


Swale (11J 


3—5 Th. 


*Social Pro- 










blems 


Mr. A. C. Ford 


Mr. 


Rawson (10) 


7 Friday 


Banking 


Mr. Rudland 


Mr. 


F.StockalUll) 


7 Wed. 


Nautical 


Capt. Hendriksen 


Mr. 


Adams (10) 


7 Mon. 


Marine Engi- 










neers (Asso- 










ciation) 


Mr. P. M. Shaw 


Mr. 


Fanning (11) 


6.30 Friday 



Those circles marked * are limited to persons who can 
contribute in their turn a paper of interest to the circle. 

English Literature, Shakespeare, History, Scandinavian Lite- 
rature Circles are being formed. 



| POPULÄR LECTURES. 

= We are indebted to the following gentlemen for lectures 

== much appreciated by those attending : 

= Wed. Sept. 22 Mr. Lockyer Roberts on the Generation and 
Distribution of Electric Power. Sat 25 th and Oct. 2 nd Mr. Roy- 

== lands-Cooper on the Condensation of Steam. Wed. 29^ and 

= 6 tta Mr. Swale on the Manufacture of lron and Steel. Sat. 

= 25t* 1 Mr. Kite on Une Colonie Francaise en "Russie. Sat. 

= Oct. 2 nd Mr. Prichard on The Church of St. Marks, Venice. 



1 EISTEDDFOD. 



A füll aecount will be found on another page. 



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PHOEBE IN RUH LEBEN SPORTSMEN. 

WE were watching the great match between Barrack ten 
and the Rest. 

"That's the end of this year's cricket, Phoebe", I said. 
"I wonder if we shall enjoy our next season here. 

"So you enjoyed the cricket this year?" 

"Rather!" 

"Let's see; what was your highest score?" 

"Highest score! Why, you know I never played." 

"How can one enjoy cricket if one never plays ?" 

"One can watch. Besides it wat not my fault that I never 
not a game I — " 

"No, no, ol course not, I know all about it. The selection 
committee was run by a cüque, and no one got a chance unless 
he was in the clique." 

I nodded. 

"Well, all I can say is that its a very funny thing, but 
nearly everybody who did not play, attributed his being left 
out to the same clique." 

"Probably with justice." 

"Pp you think so? But in that case, is it not rather 
curious that when once you did get a chance to play, you 
refused to do so ?" 

'Im an Englishman; and I'm not going to put myself 
out for a lot of people like that." 

"What exactly do you mean?" 



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"I refuse to explain." 

"Because you can't. 'When a person starts off by saying 
that he is an Englishman, you can be pretty sure that he is 
going to talk a lot of nonsense. The fact is that you were 
too lazy to try and get into proper form." 

"Perhaps you are right as far as I am concerned." I 
admitted, "but that does not explain the many cases in the 
Camp of good players being left out." 

"Names please !" 

can't think of any for the minute." I said lightly. 

"Because there are nonet. The people in this Camp don't, 
that is, did, not want to play cricket, they wanted to watch 
someone eise play. Watch football, watch cricket, watch marbles." 

"Yes, I reckon were pretty keen sportsmen." 

"You call that sportsmanship?" 

"What is it then?" 

"It is certainly not that. It is laziness, indolence, mental 
and bodily sluggishness, call it what you like." I had never 
seen Phoebe so excited. 

"■D|o you remember the .football last season?" she went 
on, "Dio you remember the crowds that watched?" 

I nodded. 

"And yet you know as well as I do that some of the 
barracks could hardly raise enough men to run two teams. 
»Was that sportsmanship?" 

"It was certainly sporting to watch how one's barrack was 
getting on." I protested. 

"More especially when one's barrack was not playing. All 
they wanted was a little excitement." 

"And I don't blame them here !" 

"That is not the point. You said it was sportsmanship." 

' I don't care what I said." I answered. I was getting 
tired of the subject. Unfortunately Phoebe was not. 

"And will you teil me this ?" she asked, "If Englishmen 
are as fond of games and exercise as they think they are, how 
is it that when they get out into the field with a football, they 
hardly ever get up a Scratch game ? No ! What do they do ? 
They put down a oouple of coats, one man Stands between 
them, a oouple behind them and the rest ränge themselves in 
front of them so that they can all thus get a turn at kicking 
the ball. Without being put to the trouble of moving from their 
places, or having to struggle with another man for it, while the 
men behind save the man Ibetween the coats, who acts as target, 
the trouble of fetching it. Why don't they put down another 
couple of coats a little way off and get up a game? Because 
they don't care to play football ; there is too much exercise 




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involved. Sport! What do they care about sport? All they 
care about is a little excitement ; whether it oomes f rom two 
teams playing football, or from a clown balancing himself on 
his nose on a Champagne bottle while a couple of white mice 
danoe on his feet, does not matter. Exercise ! How many 
people take exercise in this Camp? A stroll along the front 
with a cigarette or a pipe. That is their idea of exercise.'' 

"But my dear Phoebe", I protested, while she paused for 
breath. "Think of all the people who play tennis and rounders !" 

"And of all those who don't." 

"And golf", I ended, firmly ignoring her interruption. 

"Yes, golf !" she burst out a f resh. "What, I should like 
to know, is the proportion of people who play golf 
to those just putting between two holes about ten yards apart?" 

"So you don't agree then !" I said, after a deoent pause 
"That if you give an Englishman a ball to amuse himself with, 
he will be perfectly happy?" 

"Not unless the ball is tied to a piece of string so that 
he can keep it close to him without any trouble." 

T. G. 



MÜLLS 




ANP 



'f CORNCRS 

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WE are pleased to note that there is no advance in the 
price of the Camp rag this week. 



THE theatre is still closed, and the Camp is still alive and 
moderately cheerful. Perhaps this little pause will do something 
toward correcting our mental perspective, and we shall realise 
that our entertainments, thought occupying a very important place 
in our Camp life, are not an essential. 



"A bird in the bouche is worth two outside the barbed 
wire" as the Belgian said when he saw the Michaelmas geese. 



"THE Hunt is up ! The Hunt is up!" as the madrigal-singer 
said as he carried his mattresis to the Auswanderer Bahnhof. 



MR. Mastennah and Mr. Fachiri, as representing the two 
teams taking part in last week's cricket match Bar. 10 v- The 
Rest, ask us to expreste their thanks to the umpires, Messrs. 
boller and Butcher, for their three day's vigil. This we do with all the greater 
pleasure, having regard to "A Pair of Spectacles" remarks on 
the umpiring in our last issue; remarks which, by the way, we 
think were quite justified. 



"IT flashed upon my sight", as the man remarked when 
the cricket ball hit him in the left eye. 



THE last fortnight has seen the formation of a number of 
studying circles which should form a valuable addition to the 
educational opportunities of the Camp. Each member of these 
circles has to undertake to read a paper, and thus a certain 
amount of sound work by every one attending is assured. In 
Ruhleben, where there is a deplorable tendency to coquette witb 
a number of subjects and really to study none, this is a welcome 
innovation. 

THE circle which meets to consider the question of Social 
Problems has, we feel, already taken a great step in the direction 
of Reform by declining to have a committee. 



WE wonder whether it has oc'curred to the Education 
Committee that a certain amount of space has become available 
in Bar. eleven, and that this might be utilised for purposes of 
private study. 



ON Friday last Mr. Masterman made the announcement that 
he hoped to finish his course of lectures within the next fortnight 
and, despite the cold, proposed to deliver them on the Grand 
Stand as heretofore. He advised his hearers to muffle up well 
and make the best of the matter. To hear that Mr. Masterman's 
lectures are Coming to an end so' soon will be a matter of great 
regret to very many, and that lack of Space should preclude us 
from hearing another course from him during the winter would 
seem a severe reflection on the organising ability of the Camp 
as a whole, having in view the ample accommodation provided 
for amusement of every description. 

Mr. Masterman's lectures have, without doubt, been the 
most populär in the Camp, and the size of his audience has been 
no less extraordinary than the variety of its composition. Any 
talk of the "student section" which presupposes that the 
students are drawn from any one class in the Camp might be 
effectually checked, if those who cavil at the attempts of the 
Education Committee to secure more room would only take the 
trouble to glance at the audience attracted by Mr. Masterman. 



IN exoneration of any lack of interest in the Contents of 
this number, we beg to State that our editorial scissors have been 
deliberately STOLEN by the Captain's Office. — By the way, we 
are in a position to prove this ! 




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isMi ich ganfs "Enqd'sh"! 



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— of the many, those few 
hard to stump up their Gro 
note! 



THE new arrangement with 
regard to the populär concerts, viz., 
the institution of '"entrance by pro- 
gTamme price one penny" has given 
rise to a great deal of grumbling. 
We.are asked to point out to the 
Camp that these Concerts costmoney. 
The dost of printing, advertising arid 
preparing the Hall amounts to 
thirty Marks each concert. In ad- 
dition to this over four hundred 
marks have been spent in nmsic, 
strings, new instruments, etc. This 
means that the expenses have alto- 
gether amounted to eight hundred 
marks. 

Now \ve turn to the Camp's 
part. At the twelve concerts held 
in the open, and at which those 
attending were given the Option of 
buying a programm or not as thev 
pleased, the average Sales were six 
hundred, which makes a total in- 
come for the season of seven 
hundred and twenty marks. 

On Sept. 7th a free concert was 
given in the Hall, the attendance 
amounting to over 600, and two 
hundred programms were sold, the 
takings thus amounting to twenty- 
one marks fifty pfennigs. The ex- 
penses on the other hand were 
twenty-eight marks. 

Thus owing to the meanness — 
there is no other word for 
the refusal to buy a programm at 
the price of a morning paper 
— those very few — who find it 
sehen must suffer. Grumblers please 



ELSEWHERE we give details of the Programme of the 
Eisteddfod to be held in November, and, by the way. our corre- 
spondent has kindly given us a definition of this word. 

We hasten to add that the Eisteddfod has nothing to do with 
any of the numerous language circles. We have also been requested 
to State that the Welsh Society has nothing to do with 
the Organisation, but cannot refrain from remarking, "so much 
the worse for the Welsh Society". 

An Eisteddfod is exactly the thing which should sueeeed in a 
Camp like this, but it can only sueeeed if a really sporting 
spirit is adopted by the Camp as a whole. 

We do appeal to all those who are able to compete in any 
of the sections not to aflow mere slackness or fear of being 
beaten to deter them from entering. Any enquiries should be 
addressed to Mr. Davies, Bar. 22. 



THE OPENING MATCH. 

THE Football Season opened on Sunday to the delight of 
the vast majority of the Camp. Cricket may be the "noble 
old English pastime" and all sort of thing, but without doubt 
this is the football age; something short and strenuous, a buzz 
of excitement, and a (chance to exercise the lungs is the demand 
made by the English crowd of to-day, and the Ruhleben crowd 
is no exoeption. 

There was something in the faces of the men and the air 
and the whole place that was reminiscent of an English bank- 
holiday, a fresh, snug Stunlight-soap sort of feeling with every- 
body looking quite satisfied with the world and himself, but 
careful not to let his feelings get the better of his decorum. 

The weather was ideal, the ground good and the crowd 
big, what more oould the football enthusiast ask ? 

The teams, Cameron's and Bloomer's were as follows : 



Right 



CAMERON'S XI. 

Nicoll 

Lithgow Stewart 

Brearley Rogans Ogden 

Cameron (Capt.) Garden 

Collinson Flack Hartmann 



BLOOMER'S XI. 

Left 

Slade Burnhill Pentland 

Perry Bloomer (Capt.) 

Weiss Quinn Dugdale 

Heath Owens 

Palin 

REFEREE: Mr. Warner. UNESMEN: Campbell & Astin 

Rogans was put in at the last moment as a rather weak 
Substitute for Wolstenholme, whose cold I hope is better. 

Baron von Taube kicked off and things commenced with a 
bustle. 

As an opening match played by men who had no practice 
it was quite good, thiough naturally hare and there, especially 
toward the close of the first half, lack of wind caused a sort 
of lull in the play. 

The result 5 — 2 in favour of Bloomer's team gives a 
fair idea of the strength of the respective elevens. 

Unfortunately I have neither the time nor space to give 
a detailed report on the match, but must content myself with 
just a few comments. 



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The outstanding feature of the game was the defence put 
up by Lithgow and Stewart. With a pair such as Bloomer 
and Pentland against him, Stewart may be awarded the palm 
of the game. 

Of the forwards, Bloomer and Pentland were naturally 
the men who> took the brunt of the world and the latter' s 
centering was a happy contrast to that of the other outside 
men on the field, all three of whom were far too inclined 
to fiddle around the corner flag before getting the ball over 
to the centre. 

Hartman was good despite this failing, and it was his 
werk which gave both Collinson and Burnhill their chance to 
score, and his side might have done a deal better had he been 
fed properly instead of all the passes being sent over to Collinson 
who was woefully inefficient and spent most of his time offside. 

The veterans Brearly and Cameron both showed a mastery 
of the game, and the former displayed a wonderful vigour dodging 
all over the field and oovering the men who should have been 
marked by Rogans, who' was an absolute passenger throughout, 
Their other half Ogden played a very steady game. In the 
forward line Garden too was very much off his game and 
would hardly have been missed. Nicoll fully justified his 
inclusion as goal keeper in an exhibition team, though his policy 
of go for the ball and leave the goal to look after itself 
affords more excitement than safety. He brought off several 
remarkable saves, and who can blame the lad if he lets a 
couple through off that terrible old head of Bloomer' a. He 
started keeping here in Ruhleben and has not learnt to hold it. 

Of the other eleven, Palin was good m goal and little 
Owens jumped about like a good 'un. The half line was quite 
good but hung back too much, just as the opposing halves 
hung forward too much, and left Stewart to cuss them when he 
found Bloomer and Pentland bearing down on him. Slade has 
a lot of speed, and the shot which scored was a rattling; good 
one. Burnhill worked hard at oentre and was quite useful at 
times. Altogether it was a good match, much better than the 
opening games of last season, and given decent weather, we ought 
to see some really fine football on the course this year. 

YOUNG BIRD. 

ALL LEAGUE MATCHES WILL BE REPORTED BY US THROUGH- 
OUT THE SEASON AND, IN ADDITION TO THE FORTNIGHTLY 
COMMENTARY BY YOUNG BIRD, WE HAVE ARRANGED FOR A 
SERIES OF ARTICLES BY F. B. PENTLAND. 



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IOOK here, why not have the beds three in a tiei instead 
-* of this two and two arrangement?'' 

To the uninitiated there seems nothing very startling in the 
Suggestion. Hundreds of other boxes in the Camp have adopted 
the three in a tier arrangement already so that I could not plead 
originality in favour of the idea the others could not plead any 
startling novelty against the idea, but nevertheless lt took every 
ounce of will-power I possessed to make the proposal in the 
matter of fact way I did. 

"Why?" asked Robinson. 

"Why?" asked Brown. 

"Why?" asked Cadbury. 

"WHY?" asked Jones. 

tl WHYr asked Smith. 

There you have it! Box 30 Bar. 30 is Conservative. A 
stranger noting the reception accorded any proposal to change 
either the appearance of the box or the habits of the mmates 
thereof would depart under the impression that this time he 
had really been in touch with the old aristocracy of the place 
and were he of snobbish inclinations would casually mention in 
the course of conversation in the next box he visited, "Just been 
over to see some men in 30. Nice chaps — bit Conservative, 
but what can you expect seeing that their people came in here- 
with the Conqueror". 

Between the dates of Nov. 6 and Nov. 12 the inhabitants 



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of A Box^30 adopted a certain routine and any Variation of that 
routine/_ be lt imposed by the exigencies of the Camp industries, 
amateur theatricals, and listening to lectures, or be lt imposed by 
still higher authorities, they resent it as an attempt 
to deprive them of what liberty still remains to 
them and an Insinuation that they are not capable 
of ordenng their own existence. 

The boxes in this Camp may be divided 
into two classes: those that bet that we shall be 
Home before Xmas (I mean the inmates of the 
boxes bet, not the boxes themselves for though 
some of them hum they hardly go the length of 
talking) and those who back the opinion that Xmas 1919 will 
see us still soup-crawhng. 

Unfortunately, as I have pointed out already, Box 30 is 
essentially not "one of the crowd" and accordingly belongs to 
both classes or rather contains representatives of both. 

Brown is an Optimist 
and if you are not an Optimist 
too he takes it as a personal 
insult, while Cadbury is a 
Pessimist, and if you are not 
a pessimist too he is also 
inclined to take the same 
attitude that Brown adopts 
"You talk as though 
we had settled here for a 
Century!" — That was Brown of course. 

"Yes, why change when everyone knows that we are starting 
Home tcmorrow morning at six-fifteen?" Sarcasm I may say is 
Cadbury' s usual method of opening the attack. 

"Don't be an ass! We might as well make ourselves as 
comfortable as we can while we are here!' I expostulated. 

"Rot! we re comfy enough as we are.' This was a cowardly 
appeal to the conservative inherent in every Enghshman (vide 
Mr. Masterman's last lecture) and rampant in the members of 

Box 30. 

There was a chorous of grunts indicative that we were comfy 
enough as we were. 

"Have you seen this morning' s paper? Not the war reports 
but the page that really matters — the Handelszeitung? 

I groaned and, be it said to their credit, Jones and Smith 
groaned too. Brown invariably opens the daily debate on the 
Ruhleben topic with these words. The only Variation is that it 
is sometimes "Monday's" paper or "yesterday's" instead of "to- 
day 's". 





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"It isn't'men or ammunition that is going to win this war 
it's money! I teil you the world's money market won't stand 
this sort of thing much longer, and yet you chaps talk as though 
we were here tili Lord knows when!" and Brown gave a half 
sniff, half cough indicative of supreme comtempt for our mtellec- 
tual faculties. 

It is curious that both Brown and Cadbury in the heat of 
their arguments always reproach the rest of us with siding with 
the other. 

"My dear Chap, do you suppose that generals — or govern- 
ments for that mater — will worry about the money market? 
After all, what is your blessed money market but a purely artificial 
affair set up by the wranghng of a lot of stock brokers? No, my 
boy, this is a war-and-damn-the-consequences war, so you needn't 
teil us your old tale of the handelszeitung. We've had that argu- 
ment a hundred times before (Hear, hear! from Smith) and we've 
squashed it a hundred times. Why, the first week we were here 
you told us that the war couldn't last six months owing to your 
wretched money market, and how long have we been in this old 
Compound? By the way, where is that copy 
of Norman Angel you used to flounsh under 
our noses and read us chunks of ? His theones 
sounded all very well, but where are they 
now? I suppose he regards this war as a 
dirty tnck put up by the rest of Europe to 
undermine his position, just as you seem to 
think that the Russian retreat was a put-up 
job between the Russian general and me to 
answer your arguments eh?" 

"But why waste time discussing the 
possibilities of getting Home? We're here, 

we can't help it, and we've no earthly idea how long we are going 
to stop here. The best thing is to make the best of a bad job 
and jog along as comfortably as we can. You won't find out 
when we are going Home by talking of it, so why go on jawing?" 
But I was pleading to deaf ears. 

"Oh yes, we all know that you're having the time of your 
hfe here. Stick you down anywhere where you can gas about 
the Arts and Science Union and addle your brain by learning 
half a dozen languages at once and you'd be quite happy. You 
don t care whether you ever get back to England or not, do 
you?" 

This was Brown, and Cadbury immediately joined forces 
with him against me — that is the way in our box! 

"Of course, you mustn't forget that we chaps take some 
interest in the war. Naturally to you, who don't care a damn 




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who wins, conversations on the war and RELEASE (This is 
how they always say lt in our box) may be bonng, but to us, 
who have people in England and don't propose to spend the rest 
of out lives galhvanting about the world God knows where, the 
outcome of this war and getting back to England is rather im- 
portant." 

He spoke in a sweet, reasoning way, which he thought 
terrifically crushing, but I am used to it. After all, I find on 
enquiry, that Box 30 is, in this matter, no exception, for throughout 
the Camp the man who refuses to talk WAR and RELEASE 
for more than three hours a day — the average Ruhlebenite de- 
votes a round seven and three-quarter hours to them daily — 
is immediately branded as a dispicable individual with no love for 
his native land, an Ishmael without kith and kin, and all the more 
in that he dares to call himself independent, where the rest of the 
Camp would call him cast-out. I hasten to add, that I am ex- 
ceedmgly fond of my native land, and that there is an exceed- 
mgly good-looking young person on the far side of 
the Channel, whose interest in "RELEASE FROM 
RUH LEBEN" equals that of any one here, and 
this on my account. I would also hke to state, that 
I do not mtend to go galhvanting round the world 
for the rest of my life: indeed, on the other hand, 
I have in my mind's eye a very dainty thing in 
flats out Wimble- 
don way, which 
haven for me and 
a removal in the 
Park Lane. But, 
despite my flawless relations and 
my flawless intentions, Iamdamned 
in the eyes of my fellow Ruh- 
lebenitis, and particularly in those of my box compamons for 
the simple reason that I have decided that to talk WAR and 
RELEASE is a waste of time, and that, if while here I can 
learn Spanish and Russian, and so do Wrench out of the job we 
are both working for at home, I cannot do better than exercise 
my time and energies in that direction. 

During my stay here, I have evolved a httle Ruhleben Philo - 
sophy. which I may get the Editor to to publish later on, (Oh! 
— Ed.) but the main conclusion I have arrived at is, that the 
most practical man in Ruhleben is Hatfield, (I thought everyotie 
knew Hatfield is Secretary of the A. & S.U.) who trots around, 
immersed in his own affairs and studies, and when accosted one 
day, "Well, what d'yoii think of the War?" regarded his inter- 
locutor with a puzzled expression, and, finally, running his hand 




will afford a 
mine, pending 
direction of 




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delusion that 
Bond Street. 



through his hair in the characteristic manner the Camp knows so 
well, demanded, "War? What War?" 

Think of the splendid awakening he will have the day the 
fire-bell clangs, and we are told ,,die Sachen einzupacken". I 
dreamt last night that I had arrived at a hke happy state. I was 
immersed in a conversation with a Russian professor, who was 
asking my opinion on the style of vanous Russian classics, when 
"Clang! clang! clang!" went the fire-bell, and in ten minutes we 
were back in England — that is what they call "dream-travelhng 1 ' 
— and I was talking to the afore-mentioned young 
person, and then in another ten minutes I was back 
at the office talking Spanish to the Chief and 
translating an involved section of the Russian con- 
tract law, and then ten minutes later I was Walk- 
ing with the afore-mentioned young person into the 
afore-mentioned httle flat and then — I woke up. 
"Cadbury, will you come out with me for a 
minute?" 

I asked him in a pleasant ingratiating mannner 
and Cadbury came, apparently labouring under the 
I was about to lead him to the sausage stall in 
Instead I conducted Lim to Box 21 where they 
have the three-beds-in-a-tier arrangement, and being a spoofy 
crowd have also indulged in curtains, table-cloths and what nots. 
It certainly did look comfy, even Cadbury admitted that. We 
stayed and partook of ,a cup of cocoa and 
milk served in real porcelain cups and saucers 
and then returned to our own box. 

"Now Brown, answer me the truth, 
the whole truth and nothing but the truth" 

— and I adopted my best magesterial air 

— "do you or do you not expect to be 
outside that wire netting within the next six 
weeks. Now really, in your heart of hearts, 
your inmost soul, do you feel at all sure of it?" 

Brown looked hurt, his gaze dropped, and altogether he had 
the air of a puppy which has been caught with one of the Satur- 
day chops in its mouth. I kept a stern eye upon him however 
and he mumbled "Well perhaps not in six weeks". He put an 
intonation on "six" such as would convey the idea that he had 
received information "von vertrauter Seite" that the sevetlth week 
would however see the final fire-bell. 

"Now Cadbury" — and my tone was a triumphant one — 
"don't you think it is worth while to change the beds for six weeks?" 

"More likely six years", said Cadbury and as he carried 
the other two with him that is how I managed to wangle the 




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change of beds in Box 30 and, incidentally. to collar the top 
bed which gets enough light from the corndor to enable me to 
swot mv Russian in the evenings. 




£ - 



SCHOOL CHANT5 
No. 6. MR. BODIN. 

Being a lecture on the Grand Stand and reported by out tarne poet. 



<.T3ACK to the land 
*-* Our fathers sowed 



THAT is the 
Mr. Bodin. 



Life," said 



''Ancient Brilons 
Stair.ed with woad. in 
Place of clothes" said 
Mr. Bodin, 

"Never worried, 
They abode in 
Caves and holes" said 
Mr. Bodin 

"To Philoso — 
Phise" so showed in 
Honeyed accents 
Mr. Bodin. 



'There is need of 
Quiet and no din, 
Otherwise — " said 
Mr. Bodin, 

"Thougl ts will w^ander 
From the road in 
Other paths" said 
Mr. Bodin. 

"Follow. then, the 
Tracks they trode in. 
(Britons viz. f" said 
Mr. Bodin. 

Oh, would that I 
Could vcrite an ode in 
Which to praise thee, 
Mr. Bodin! 



THE 



HAS REMOVED ITS OFFICE TO 

XEXT-DOOR TO THE PARCELS OFFICE 
OPPOSITE SCHÖNUNGS BAR, 



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RUHLEBEN SCHOOL CHANTS 

No. 5. CAPT. HENRIKSEN. 

After Longfellow — a long way after. 

TJEARKEN to me! I will teil you 

Of the noble son of Henrik. 
He who served upon committees, 
Weary, wearing, wan committees 
From the time that breakfast ended 
Till the pleasant hour of basins, 
Basins that proclaimed the dinner. 

Very patient too was Henrik 
With the youth who flocked to hear him, 
Hear him teil of navigation 
On the bitter great sea water, 
By the guidance of a compass, 
Compass, which was so constructed 
That t'was few indeed could read it. 
So he taught the young apprentice 
How to read, mark, learn, and box it. 

White and shining was our hero 

In his pantaloons of white duck, 

Gleaming so that none could vie with 

Him in whiteness of apparel. 

It was whispered in the village, 

That the coons of number thirteen 

Used per day three pounds of "Sunlight" 

On the pantaloons and jacket 

Of the shining son of Henrik« 

Henrik had a penny note book, 

Filled with screeds and curious figures, 

Figures of the School attendance 

At the lectures in the Grand Stand. 

And the people of the village 

Praised his works, and deeds, and vigour, 

Saying he should have a medal, 

Gold and silver shining medal 

In the Land of the Hereafter 

On the shining shores of Britain- 




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THE 

MATC 

OF THE 

SEASON 

L^^ BARRACK 10 u THE REST 







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"pROM a sporting aspect few events will leave such a 
pleasant recollection of the season's cricket as the final 
match when the League champions, i. e. Bar. 10, played the 
Camp. It was decided that the match should be played to a 
finish, but few of the camp prophets would have "tipped" 
a four days' match. At no time did the interest flag, and 
literally up to the last hour's play it was anybody's game ; 
then, however, a quick fall of wickets occurred, and gave 10 
their well-deserved win by 164 runs. The Camp showed its 
interest by forming a record attendance each day, and they 
were well rewarded. The honours of the match rest with L. G. 
Crosland, who must be heartily congratulated on his two magni- 
ficent innings of 129 in the first innings, and 202 in the second. 
His batting throughout was of a most spirited character, and 
lf not entirely faultless, was still a magnificent piece of play. 
With the exception of a brilliantly hit 52 and 66 from "Steve", 
no particularly high figures were reached by the Camp, but 
Johnson, with 43 and 51, fought a fine fight for his team, and 
the champions could certainly congratulate themselves when he 
was dismissed. Mr. Masterman is to be congratulated as much 
as the team on the victory, as much was due to the careful 
placing of his field, and the judicious handling of his bowlers. 
Messrs. Fachiri and Gudgeon put up a hard fight for the Camp, 
but they seemed a little handicapped by the lack of fast 
bowlers. However, taking both teams, it would be hard to 
find two better in the camp, and all the more credit is due 
to Bar. 10 for their victory. 



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The following records were created by Crosland, and I 
ho'pe I can safely promise him that they will never be beaten 
by an English team at Ruhleben. 1. Biggest score for 1 wicket, 
110. 2. First double Century. 3. First Century in each innings. 
4. Highest score made on the ground. 



SCORES. 



BARRACK 10. 



First Innings 



S e c o n d Innings 



Harrison 


c. 


Johnson 


b. Bloomer 


13 


c. 


Haines 


b. Brearly 


34 


Crosland 






b. Bloomer 


129 


c. 


Ponsonby 


b. Hartmann 


202 


Roupell 


c. 


Haines 


b. Bloomer 


79 




c. and 


b. Bardsley 


1 


Masterman 


c. 


Bardsley 


b. Bloomer 


40 






b. Bardsley 


7 


Steadman 


c 


Johnson 


b. Haines 


7 






b. Hartmann 


28 


Belmont 






b. Haines 


4 






b. Hartmann 


5 


Anderson 


c. 


Ponsonby 


b. Haines 


4 


c. 


Bloomer 


b. Hartmann 


12 


Dodd 






b. Bloomer 


7 






b. Hartmann 


15 


Pentland 






b. Bloomer 


16 


c. 


Hartmann 


b Hartmann 


19 


Gilbert 




not out 


12 




n 


ot out 


5 


McGill 


c. 


Brearley 


b. Bloomer 
Extras 


2 
19 






b. Bardsley 

Extras 


4 
9 



332 



341 



THE CAMP. 



Hartmann (12) 


c. 


Masterman 


b. Belmont 


47 


c. 


Harrison b. Belmont 


7 


Gudgeon (3) 


c. 


McGill 


b. Belmont 


23 




b. Belmont 


10 


Haines (13) 






b. McGill 


13 


c. 


Dodd b. Gilbert 





McNaught (6) 


c. 


Crosland 


b. McGill 







c. and b. Gilbert 


39 


Ponsonby (3) 






b. Belmont 







b. Belmont 


48 


Steve Bloomer(ll 


)C. 


Perry 


b.Masterman 


66 


c. 


Dodd b. Steadman 


52 


Fachiri (7) 


c. 


Masterman 


b. Belmont 


2 




run out 


19 


Johnson t8) 


c. 


Roupell 


b. Belmont 


51 


c. 


Crosland b. Gilbert 


43 


Haynes (11) 






b. Belmont 


6 




b. Belmont 


25 


Brearley (4) 


c. 


Harrison 


b. McGill 


14 




b. Gilbert 





Bardsley (5) 




not 


out 

Extras 


2 
19 




not out 

Extras 


4 
17 



243 



266 




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THE EISTEDDFOD. 

IV] O, you're wrong, it is'nt Russian, it's Welsh. An Eisteddfod 
•^■^ is a place where they hold singing and band competitions, 
or if it isn't the place, then it's the Competitions themselves 
that go by that name. At all events, if you get five fruity tenors 
to warble "Alice, where art thou ", one after the other, and 
several basses to sing "Down among the Dead Men" in the 
same fashron, and then several small children to play "The 
Battle of Prague'' on the piano, and then after that some male 
voice choirs, composed of very sad-looking, earnest people, to 
sing "Comrades in arms", and finally all the choirs accompanied 
by all the bands to give a oollossal rendering of "Cymru an Beth ", 
— if you are not icertain of of the spelling of this, ask Mr. 
Davies in Bar. 21 — iand in addition to all this, you have a 
conductor who criticises all the pieces and explains how the one 
singer sang "a" when he ought to have given "o", or how Charlie 
ought to practise his scales a little more before tackling Mendels- 
sohn (It was Mendelssohn who wrote "The Battle of Prague, 
was'nt it?) and makes funny remarks — that's an Eisteddfod. 
But above all, the conductor ja circus with a dull clown. 

We have attended several Eisteddfods, and can promise the 
Camp great sport, if only the Camp in its turn will not be slack 
in competing. All sorts and conditions of men, with all 
sorts and conditions of taste, are catered for, and we may look 
forward to the revelation of a lot of new and unsuspiected talent. 
So far the Camp has been by no means thoroughly ransacked for 
singers, but with competitions for Barrack Choirs, Quartettes, 
and Solos, a lot of new people ought to come to the fore and 
so enrich for us our programme of music for the winter. 

The main items are competitions for choirs of twenty men, 
all to be members of the same barrack. Other are for vocal 
Quartette, a tenor, bass or baritone solo, a string Quartette, 
cello solo, pianoforte solo, wind instrumet solo, and last, but 
by no means the least interesting, one for Conductors, who 
will have to oonduct the Camp Orchestra through an un- 
rehearsed pieoe. 

The Drama and elocution section is, we believe, longer 
than is usual at such Festivals, and we must say, the Pro- 
gramme looks very longwinded. However, with the supply of 
dramatic talent present in the Camp, we may pull through. 

The "oratory" department — a competition for the best 
speech, of not more than ten minutes, on "Responsibility , and 
another dose of ten minutes on a subject to be chosen on the 
spot, should give the leading lights of the Debatting Society 



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a chance. To satisfy the polyglot element, among us, there 
is a Competition for the recitation of a short poen in Italian, 
Spanish, German, French, Russiän, or Welsh. And v/hat has 
Mr. Pogson done to offend the Eisteddfod Committee that 
Chinese should be left out of the reckoning ? And why not 
include Billingsgate ? 

But it is naturally the literary section that interests us 
most, and as the winning jEssays, poems, etc. can hardiy be 
read aloud at the meeting, we offer our pages to Mr. Cohen, 
who is in charge of this section, for their publication. We are 
sorry we did not hear that "Six in a Box" was one of the subjects 
for the Competition Essay before our Mr. Spintho started liis 
series, but the Eisteddfo'dists will understand that these articlee 
were wntten long before their programme was handed on to 
us, and that there was nothing in the way of stealing a march 
on them in the matter. 

At all events, we hope that these oompetitions will give 
an impetus to the latent authors in the Camp, and so remove 
the neoessity for the awful hunt for contributors that has been 
the chief factor in making our Editor's hair stand on end. 

In addition to the musical, dramatic, and literary sections, 
there will also be a Fine and Applied Arts section, which includesi 
painting, sketching, designing, book-binding, costume designing, 
and furniture designing. 

The. programme closes with a miscellaneous section, which 
is headed by a competition for the darning of a woolen sock 
(The Editor of "In Ruhleben Camp" has kindly offered to 
provide the socks), and another for putting a patch on a piece 
of provided material, hemming same, and sewing on two buttons. 

The rope-splicing and knot-tying competitions should interest 
our sailor friends. 

Altogether the Eisteddfod should afford the Camp a lot 
of genuine pleasure, not a small amount of which should fall 
to the lot of the competitors themseives. 



LIBELLOUS LIMERICKS- 

T^HE name of a local celebrity is required to complete each 
\ verse. We off er enormous prizes for correct Solutions ! 

No. 3. jWhen a ball smites that "keen fielder" — — 

On his sensitive "sausage-coinsumer", 
Though his keen fielding daze is, 
There are heard "feeling phrases", 

And the "DV that drop out, — well, its — — 



(Continued on page 28.) 



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25 




26 



OMAR KHAYYAM AT RUHLEBEN. 



Wake! For the Glories of the 
Ri s ing Sun 

Remind us of another Day begun. 

There is the old routine to live again, 

The weary round before the Day is 
done. 

Hark how the cock crows, welcoming 
the day! 

Arise my Little Ones to work or play ; 

And cheat the ultirr ate Design öf Fate ; 

And pass the all too slothfull Hours 



away 



Lo ! Those who lived to heap the 
Golden Grain 

And those whose Aim ■was similar, 
but vain — 

Well, here they are, just like the 
rest of us 

And, like us also, here they must 
remain. 

For here and there, above, below, 
about, 

Though you may look for means of 
getting out, 

'Tis Labour vain and ill-repaid, as some 

In Stadtvogtei would prove to you, 
no doubt. 

Though two there were who set 
their hearts upon 

Deliverance, and ever and anon 

Pondered profoundly '. and the Place 
they knew 

And which knew them, is there ! — 
but they are gone ! 

A wondrous, motley crowd are we, 
and queer, 

Made more so, possibly, in the long 
year 

Of tedious Trivialities and Talk, 

Sans Wine, sans Cash, sans Women 
and sans Beer ! 



But of the sum the Government doth 
lend 

Which recklessly or thriftily we spend, 

Fate may contrive to build us greater 
debts ! 

So laugh at Fate and clutch the Cash 
my Friend ! 

Andtoandfroif you will come with me 

Füll many a quite card-game you 
will see, 

Played in a Box where Candles shed 
the light, 

Round which the Figures play and 
disagree. 

A Moving Finger wrote.and having writ 
Moved on ; nor could we change a 

word of it 
Fate brought us from the Corners of 

the Land 

With stubborn Hands of Steel, and 
here vre s t ! 

Oh ! Plagued no more with Rumours 
of Release, 

Come where the Babble and the 
Tumult cease, 

Tothat secludedSpot we knowso well 

Where we can smoke and meditate 
in Peace. 

Come, fill your Pipe! What boots 
it to lament; 

And fill with sighs the Spacious 
Firmament? 

Anticipation aggravates the ill. 

To-morrow comes not tili To-day 
is spent ! 

Alike f;r Those who dwell within 
the Past, 

And those who after unknown 
Morrows cast, 

The Time is Now, — to pass it as 
we may, 

Until Deliverance shall come at Last ! 



A ( Translated from the Original by S. E- J.) 



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CJIMP COMMENTS 

ON RUH LEBEN RIDDLES. 

IN the Camp School the languages are now divided up into 
Standards. If the Originators of the scheine hope by this means 
to get a Standard pronunciation, we are afraid that they are 
doomed to disappointment. 



THE kitchen authorities are especially proud of their meat 
safe. They have reason to be. There is no doubt of its ability 
to keep the meat safe. 



WHICH reminds us that the plan for a central cooking 
ränge has fallen through. The objection to the hot water boilers 
as a cooking ränge is of course that the ashes will fall through. 



THE Master Builder still persists in remaining invisible, 
There seems to be something almost uncanny in a Master Builder 
taking so unkindly to boards. 



HE would hardly do for this camp, where most of us enjoy 
free lodging in boards, free board, and are bored. 



SOME people even insinuate that our board is partly 
of board. But they can't make much of a case out of it. 



IN fact their case won't hold water. 



PROF. PATCHETT declares Faust to be one of the 
greatest masterpieoes in the world. If this is really the case, 
why his Series of lectures endeavouring to "Patch — ett". 

MANY people looked with doubtful eye an the zigzag 
runs some of our bowlers took. They were quite straight however. 
In other words there was nothing crooked about them. 



A lot of complaints have been made as to the number 
of no-balls sent down at our county cricket matches unheeded 
by the umpire. Certainly no bawl came from these gentlemen 
while we were out in the field. 



THE School Committee are absurdly pround of the fact 
that one of their pupils, after a three weeks attendance, has 
cut wisdom tooth. 



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PRIVATE! FOR R.D.S. MEMBERS ONLY. 

MY DEAR EARNEST. 

I've just had a moist dramatic evening, SO intellectual 
and so stuffy. You know of oourse the newly decorated Installation 
of the R.D.S., so artistic and cosy with the. creepers hanging 
over the Window ledges — the bay-wmdow ledges, I mean — , 
It was all quite intime and unpretentions, the hall was pitch 
dark, just a portable flash light, you know, that lit up the 
old familiär faoes. The suspense, as we waited for the enter- 
tainment provided for us by that excellent play-wright and 
manager Kapp : — after all it is almost as good as being a 
poet and novelist and dramatist — the suspense, — excuse my 
periods — was DELIGHTFUL. Our hopes were exceeded by 
the delicious and delicate — as Mr. Leigh Henry would have 
surely called it — curtain raiser. Just a SOlipcon of vulg — 
"perversite\ I mean — a touch of garlic in the salad, not 
more. And the plot too, SO novel, SO simple ! Our great 
national comedienne quite surpassed herseif, never have I seen 
her look more winningly girlish as after she cast off her wig 
and going away confection. That she was marned to our other 
actress who looked exceedingly manly in her disguise was quite 
a delightful touch. The insoiiciant ripples of laughter changed 
to more sardonic smiles during the f ancy dress reading of Bernard 
Shaws "Dark L<ady of the Sonnets". The effect of the coffee 
I absorbed previously at the Corner House (that excellent Mr. 
Schneider) rather muddled my impressions — I had an idea 
that a bishop and his wife were discussing the possibilities 
of getting a new maid — rather a dangerous character, it 
seemed to me. But the tinned BeefVEater was impressive — - 
that is what they would have looked like under our regime, 
I am sure. A bouquet for Pender, please, manibüS O date 
Ulia plenis, for his and Kapp's combinejd effort to afford 
us a glimpse of unfamiliar Japan. Forgive, Oh, shades of 
sweet Lafcadis Hearn — this must happen in a land of all- 
round genius. Mr. Hatfield really aroused a Sensation as 
the ruthless uncle diguised, doubtless on account of the husband, 
as an Indian squaw. West too was SO natural as a child of 
the East. — Words fail me, paper too. 

Yours in the spint. 

JACK. 

No. 4. If to you that squib — — (yes, — ) 
In unkempt, polysyllabic gleigh, 

Should discourse on the sub- 

Conscious rhythm of a tub, 
Though you're lost, yet cheer up ; So is heigh ! 



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IT would be interesting to hear the opinion of a variety of 
people on the question, "What makes life in Ruhleben 
bearable?'. How many would give a correct answer? Many 
would say, cur manifold interests, such as sports, theatricals, 
or education ; others would reply, that it is only the advent of 
the morning and evening papers giving us a shadiowy idea of 
the great events progressing outside ; while yet another group 
would assure us, that it is only the hope and everlasting expectancy 
of release thaf keeps them from the brink of a nervous collapse. 
Upon sitting down and thinking the matter over, howeyer, 
there seems only one reply whioh will apply to all sections 
of the Camp, viz., Bond Street. Our shopping oentre is un- 
doubtedly our greatest asset from the point of view both of 
health and interest. There may be a few — for there are 
exoeptions to every rule in Ruhleben — who might declare, 
that without our Bond Street life would be worth living, but 
they would be very few and far between. 



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Another wnter in this magazine referred to the Camp 
School as an excellent advertisement for the energy and resource- 
fulness of the Englishman, and m Bond Street we have just 
such another. Here in Ruhleben we take everything very much 
as we find it, and that is the inevitable outoome of the kind 
of life we lead here; but consider what would be the opinion 
of a man who visited us last winter, when we had that one 
little Canteen, and a dry-goods störe, at which one could buy 
trousers and marmalade and perhaps half-a-dozen other ar- 
ticles, and then paid us another visit to-day. Only those who 
have been privileged to peep behind the scenes can estimate 
the care and f orethought that have been expended on our shopping 
centre at its true worth. 

Our Camp shops have one advantage over those in the 
world outside, and that is, that they do not need to, indeed must 
not, push new goods. A shop-keeper outside is shown an 
attractive article by the traveller, and he speculates with it, 
and puts all his energy into creating a demand for that article, 
and leaves the "steady sellers" to look after themselves. 

Here in Ruhleben, however, the public must have demanded an 
article before it is entered upon the hst of goods kept in stock. But, 
though our shop-keepers have this one advantage over their confreres 
outside, how many disadvantages do they have to labour under! 
Sometimes the Camp is apt to forget important f acts : 1. That 
we are in a Concentration Camp : 2. That this is war-time, 
and that prices are fluctuating from time to time as a con- 
sequence : 3. That we are in Germany, and that such thmgs 
as English tobacco are not to be had just outside the gate. 

At present we have ten departments which carry a stock, 
each of which is placed in charge of a Manager who is 
responsible for stock-taking, and the Cash Account. Small 
as our Ruhleben Stocks are in comparison to those held by 
the big stores outside, yet they have to be subjected to exactly 
the same checking and consideration. 

In the food canteen, for instance, stock is taken daily, 
and in the dry-goods störe fortnightly. The new stuff required 
is handed in to the stores offioe, where Mr. Delahay Jones, 
(better known as Mr. Canteen Jones), who is the responsible 
head of the stores in general, checks same, and hand out 
the order to the military authorities. On receipt of the new 
goods, stock has to be taken, and the hsts compared with the invoices. 

The scale of prices is issued from the Stores Office, but 
this scale is subject to the approval of the Stores Committee, 
the names of the members of which were given in our last 
number. In fixing prices, only running expenses are taken into 
consideration : Bond Street as a whole is run, not at a prof it, 

(Continued on page 32.) 



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but cn the other hand, at a very considerable loss. Should 
a profit have accrued to any particular department, then such 
profit is devoted solely to the reduction of food pnces. Every 
care is taken to keep the prices at the very lowest figure 
possible. The prices at present charged at the Pond Stores 
cover exactly the cost of articles, no margin bemg left for 
running expenses. In the Food Canteen most — not SOME, 
but MOST — of the articles are sold below cost. In tae other 
departments a small profit is made, usually 5%, but this 
amount is totally inadequate to defray the loss on the food 
canteen. The way in which such losses are oovered was ex- 
plained in No. 7 of this magazine in the Finance Committees 
Report, which read as follows : — 

"The amount of M. 29,091.81 appearing in the Surplus 
Profits, &c. Account represents the total derived from donations, 
library fines, prooeeds of concerts up to the formaiton of the 
Entertainments Committee, and profits arising from Canteens, Dry 
Stores, Boiler- House, &c. from November 6th. 1914 to30th, June last. 

Up to a recent date it was believed that the money to 
pay running expenses of the Camp would have to be raised 
by profits made upon the sale of goods, but recently an assurance 
was rcceived that all necessary funds for this purpose would 
be supplied by the American Embassy. It was therefore decided 
to apply the above mentioned surplus to reducing the selling 
price of the most essential articles of food, (such as butter, 
cheese, eggs, vegetables, &c.) and these have for some weeks 



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past been on sale at prioes very considerably undsr those at 
which they can be purchased outside the Camp. It is hoped 
that this practice can be continued for some months to come 
— possibly tili the end of the year." 

Jt is no light task to cater for a clientele of 4000, and 
it must be remembered tha all ourt shop-keepers are absolute 
amateurs. It is interesting to note some of the figures for the 
week ending Aug. 3 Ist. — in no way an exceptional one, 
by the way. During the eight days, 2102 Ibs. of butter, 
815 lbs. of margarine, 805 lbs. of chease, 162 lbs. of sausage. 
418 lbs. of harn, 2300 tins of Condensed milk, 3286 lbs. of 
sugar, 25138 eggs, 119 lbs. of baoon, and 120 lbs. of salt. 

From these it will appear that the Camp has decidedly 
a sweet tooth. That we should average V2 Ib. of butter a 
week each was to be expected, but that we should each tackle 
half a tin of Condensed milk is somewhat surprising. Mayhap, when 
we are back in Town, we shall be able to recognise an old 
Ruhlebenite by his dropping in at the "Bull and Bear" and 
demanding "Half a pint of milk, neat, Miss, please!" 

/For the winter, arrangements have been made to seil hot 
dnnks and sausages at the bar in Bond Street and also on 
the sports' ground. "Hello, Bill, how's things ? Any news ?" 
Oh, all right, thanks, nothing special". "Well, come and split 
a sausage and ooff ee with me !" — But it's a poor Substitute 
for a oold winter' s morning. So much for the office arrange- 
ments. 



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Having finished with Mr. Jones, I dropped in at the Dry 
Stores to see Mr. Kaffir Smith and his colleagues. The best 
description of the Dry-Stores one can give is "a rabbit hutch 
trying to look like Selfndge's '. On Aug. 3 Ist. for instance, 
there were 143 different kinds of articles in stock, and the 
ingenuity shown by the "shop-keepers" in stowing them away, 
is only equalled by the ingenuity in finding them again, once 
they have been stowed away. 

Mr. H. O. Smith is of course Ruhleben's original general 
dealer, and Mr. A. Barrott has been his faithful assistant 
since the very beginning. These two gentlemen, with Mr. Christie's 
assistance, look after the Dry Store, and it may surprise the 
Camp to hear that this means putting in a regulär "seven 
hours' day". The history of the stores is not a long one. The 
start was made in the Grand Stand, and then a move was 
made to be place, now used as part of the parcels' Office. 
What memories of long queues in the snow and sleet for 
English tobacco this recalls to one, and those exciting days when 
English Marmalade came in ! Then the Relief Department was 
opened as a separate concern under the charge of Captain 
Hammond, and next Lobster — we beg his — Mr. Davison, 
— opened his outfitting stores riext to the Sports' Shop. On 
July 18th. a move was made to the centre of the Camp — 
to Bond Street, as the Camp rag christened it. A glance at the 
sales returns of the Dry Stores leads one to suppose that we 
are a oommunity with a taste for light and cleanliness. The 
record "seller" is the electric battery, of which some eight 
hundred odd are disposed of within a week, while the runner- 
up is Sunlight soap, of which the Camp consumes over five 
hundred bars a week. (Thanks to Capt. Hendriksen, our tarne 
poet suggests). By the way, Sunlight is sold at a loss on every 
bar. With the studrous crowd we have here, a sale of five 
hiundred note Books is hardly surprising; nor perhaps will a 
generous Output of brilliantine surprise the reader, but why 
a thousand sheets of brown paper per week ? What dark secret 
have the Ruhlebenites that they should need so much wrapping- 
up material ? — and it does not go the Captains' office either. 
Spring-cleaning is in the air, and the Camp has seized upon 
brown paper and drawing pins as the greatest asset in the 
direction of comfort and privacy in the box or loft, that is 
all the explanation. 

The spirit of hospitality is evidently not dead among 
us, for Mr. Smith says that he has sold sufficient knives 
and forks and plates etc. to fit out four camps. Dinner 
parties or tea parties are the obvious" 1 explanation. It is stränge that 
"brekker parties have not achieved a greatervogue here than they have. 



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The (Jemand for insect powder is falling off, and frying 
pans are being sold in ever increasing quantity, two very cheering 
items ! 

The tobacco Store is run by Mr. A. Tinley, and here again 

the Camp does not realise the difficulties to be contended 

with. Anyhow, that "Old Mbnk" they got in last week was 

top-hole. By the way — it isn't really "by the way" — it is 

very important, but bow eise can one introduce another topic ? 

— English tobacco is never reserved, n e v e r. 

> When a move was made to Bond Street, commencement 

was made with special Orders, which was taken at the Dry 

Stores' window. Now we have a Special Order Department, 

and it is well that the Camp should take notice that all Orders, 

irrespective of kind, for articles not in stock at any of the 

stores, must go through this department. Quite a number of 

people in the Camp still attempt to send such Orders by means 

of private or busmess letters, and these are returned daily 

by the military censors to the Stores' Office. Mr. Dootson, 

who is in charge of this department, is having a busy time 

just now, a fever of decoration having seized the Camp; and 

curtains and all kinds of furbelews for the boxes are in great 

demand. The largest business done by this department is in beds 

and mattresses, which unfortunately cannot be kept in stock owing 

to lack of space. B. 

(The other s'hops in Bond Street will be dealt with in another 
artic'le in our next issue). 



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NEWSI 




But yesterday we seemed to be 
Interned for all etcrnity, 
And now — hope lights up every face, 
Men walk about with quickened pace. 

In every breeze we seem to hear 
The cannon's roar, familiär cheer: 
Oh ! Look, those are not clouds up there, 
Tis smoke and dust infects the air. 

My love, I hear your voice so near, 
I see your lovely form so clear; 
I feel, I feel the time is nigh 
When in my arms embraced you'll lie. 

That day, that soene you will forgive 
Must we apart for ever live ? 
No, no, when nations all make peace 
Then too my punishment shall cease. 

Vain hopes 

And all because the papers say 
Our new offensive' s underway. 



M. H. 



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FOOTBALL PARAGRAPH!. 



WE have received the following communication from the 
Football Association "In reference to the teams nominated by the 
readers of your paper, we regret that we cannot accept their 
choice, as in our opinion the jselection does not represent ithe 
real views of the Camp on this matter.'' 

* * * 

THE history of this matter is as follows; a few enthusiasts 
selected two teams for the game England v. The Rest, and had 
the names jellyographed. They then oanvassed certain barracks 
und thus secured a majority of votes. The F. A. has no justifi- 
cation whatever for not keeping its word, for we were given a 
guarantee that the teams chosen by our readers should be played. 

* * * 

H. B. Pentland has moved from Bar. 10 to Bar. 11. From a 
footiball point of view we welcome Mr. Pentland's change of 
quarters, as it Will undodbtedly help to Ievel up the teams, 
and so the sport should benefit. 

WE offered to the Football Association to provide a trophy 
to be awarded to the player who in the opinion of their committee 
had put up the best Performance of the fortnight. The trophy, 
we may State at the outset, is of no intrinsic value, and will 
take the form of an ordinary JRuhleben coifee mug suitably 
engraved. Nevertheless, any true sportsman will be glad to have 
such a souvenir, and we hope that it will be accepted in the 
true spirit of amateurism in which it is offered. 

* * * 

WITH regard to the above the F. A. informs us: At a 
meeting of the F. A. held on Sept 30th. it was decided to accept 
the offer of the Camp magazine to provide a football trophy. 
It was, however, thought advisable to award the trophy to the 
team and not to the individual player, the latter course offering 
too great a difficulty as regards decision. With the approval 
of the magazine, the F. A. will leave the team themselves to 
ballot or to decide in any way they like as to the individual 
player who has contributed most to the winning of the trophy, 
and thus deserves to have the Holding thereof. Natyrally we 

have agreed to this. 

* * * 

THE two Mills are not going over to Bar. 2, as onnounced 

in our last issue. 

* * * 

THE public are requested to refrain from Walking on the 

football pitches. 

* # * 

THE F. A. beg to extend their hearty thanks to the cricket 
and tennis people for the help both as regards material and labour 
which they have afforded them in the preparation of the grounds. 

* * * 

THE F. A. has been allotted a small office next to Dutton's 
Stores, b<it from 9—10 a. m. and 2—3 p. m. daily, it will be placed 
at the disposal of the Rugby and Hockey Associations. 



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OUR NAUTICJiL EXPERT. 

IT has Jbeen pointed out to us by numerous readers that 
our oolumns jare not representative of all the communities of the 
Camp. They particularly mention the fact that one third of the 
population of Ruhleben consists of sea-farers, and that articledi 
of peculiar interest to them should be given prominence. 

We hasten to correct this unfortunate negligence, and have 
engaged, (at fthe usual fabulous salary) the Services of Capt Forean- 
daft, late of the bärge Defiant, trading on the Bedford Canal 1 . 
Below will foe read with pleasure, and profit also, we hope^ 
the jgällant captain's first contribution on navigation and nautical 
astronomy. 



TIDE TABLE. OCTOBER 1915. FOREIGN PORTS. 


D of 
W 


D of 

M 

10 


PONDSIDE STORES 


BOILER HOUSE 


RACE COURSE POND 


MORN. AFT. 


MORN. AFT. 


MORN. 


AFT. - 


S 


H. M. 

2 28 


H. M. 
2 44 


H. M. 
2 29 


H. M. 
2 45 


H. M. 
2 30 


H. M. 

2 46 


S 


17 


9 19 


9 44 


9 20 


9 45 


9 21 


9 46 


S 


24 


1 58 


2 19 


1 59 


2 20 


1 60 


2 21 



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OCTOBER 9th. Venus sets W by S at first, and then probably 
SWi iby W, but owing to the strictness of the military Orders re 
females this planet will not be visible in Ruhleben. 

Oct. 12th. Mars rises about 11 aft., and its next appearance 
will fprobably be seventy two hours later, for breaking Camp 
regulations. 

NOTE. During this month the sun's semi-diameter is readily obtainable by the following 

formula: Let D r= Sun's diameter on date in question, then Sun's semi diameter = — . 

m 2 

Lights, Beacons, and ßuoys. 

ENTRANCE TO LAGER. Watch beacon, square base, 
pyramidal striped white and blue diagonally. Caution is issued 
against anchoring within danger zone of rifle practice. 

SURROUNDING LAGER. Continuous white lights of small 
power at even distances of forty yards, visible from sunset to 
dawn, N to S, S to N. 

ON THE WACHE BANK. Loud sounding bell; number of 
strokes per minute not uniform. Rings for sixty seconds at 
intervals of twenty four hours. (about.) 

BUOYS. Vary in position; numerous in vicinity of Bar. 23. 

Care and Preseruation of Chronometers. 

THE best way I can suggest, is to carry the blamed thing 
in yer trouswers pocket, and if you don't trust your bed mates, 
sleep on your trousers, or in them, at nights. 

NOTE. All calculations made from data given above, must be based on time as taken 
from the West side of the Camp clock, for owing to difference in longilude, a slight 
Variation is apparent in the two dials. 



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N T I C E. 

The Relief Officer of your bar- 
racks has a collecting-box for the 
"Ruhleben Bed Fund", to endow a 
"Ruhleben Bed" in perpetuity in one 
of the Red Cross hospitals at Home. 

As a Britisher 

You are expected 

to make some sacrifice for this 
object not merely to give of your 
superfluity. The Relief Of f icers are 
keeping the boxes for a month so 
that, in four weekly contr ibuti ons 
of 25 Pfennigs, even the poorest 
Britisher may add his round Mark. 

If you are British you will make 
some sacrifice for those who are 
making far greater sacrifices than 
those you are priveleged to make. 

Forgetting to go to the box (it 
will not be brought to you) will be 
a very contemptible excuse for non- 
contribution . 



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TOO many letters and 

postcards are arriving in par- 

► yj) *' SßkW^k Bp9~ cels andthemilitary authorities 

* v ^ wish us to write to our rela- 

tions and friends and teil them this is strictly forbidden. 



SLIPS can be had from the Captain of each Barrack in 
which you must state why you consider that you ought to be 
passed by the Military Doctor as military unfit for release to 
England. 

By this you will see that every man will have his chance of 
stating that he thinks himself eligible for release to England as 
military unfit. Due notice will be given when the Medical Ex- 
amination will take place. 



WE would remind each member of the Camp who has 
Military Property, such as blankets etc. in his possession that he 
is responsible for the same. On being called upon by his Captain 
he must be able to produce this property or refund the value 
of same. 



ALL enquiries and any matters which require a Captain's 

attention should be taken to the Captain of your particular 

Barrack as far as practicable. An orderly Captain is also on 
duty all day in or near the Captain's Office. 



WE have to welcome thirty of our fellow countrymen from 
the Senne-Lager. We trust they will enjoy the advantages to be 
had in this Camp. 



THE good wishes of the Camp go out to those who are 
returning to England on the 6th Odtofoer under the exchange of 
military unfit. We trust they will have an uneventful journey and 
are sure that they will receive a warm welcome in the Ol'd 
Country. 



POLES and ropes have now been placed round the Playing 
Field to mark the boundary, and under no circumstances what- 
ever is anyone allowed to go beyond the line thus marked out. 



SOME of the improvements applied for to make the winter 
months more bearable have already been granted. The Latrines 
and Washing Sheds are being boarded up and Windows built in. 
Light has been provided in the Latrines, and arrangements have 
been made to obviate as far as possible the long walk at night. 

(Continued on page 43.) 



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New roads are being made and the drainage in the yard improved. 
The road outside Kitchen No 2 has been paved vvith stone and 
other improvements vvhich will still be more welcome are pending. 



WE have remarked how smartly some barracks line up 
for the Appeals and meals and what good order is kept on the 
way to the kitchen. If some barracks can do this why cannot all? 



A further Contract has been entered into with the Trabrenn- 
bahn Gesellschaft to secure the use of the playing field and 
tennis courts for the present. 



Xo^tters to tße Gdüor 




ALL letters to the editor must be accompanied by name and Barracfce 
Number of sender, not necessarily for publication but as a guarantee 

of good faith. 

Sir. 

At the wish of several friends and in reply to your corre- 
spondent's sportsmanlike and gentlemanly remarks about my fit- 
ness as an umpire, I challenge a "Pair of Spectacles" to 
oome out from behind his nom de plume and undergo with me an 
examination in the laws and customs of cricket, to be held 
by a board of three examiners, two of them to be chosen 
by us, one by each of us respectively, and the third to be 
appointed by the other two. 

Trusting you will see your way clear to publish this Ietter 
and thanking you in anticipation, 

I remain, yours faithfully, 

ARTHUR E. RUSSELL. 



Dear Sir: 

Many of us who have enjoyed the excellent Concerts of 
the Madrigal Club would enjoy still more the opportumty of 
taking part in something of the kind. Is there no one in the 
Camp Who would take up the formation of a chorus this winter 
for the study, NOT of lengthy Öratorios written for mixed 
voices, but of suitable male-voice compositions ? Work of this 
kind forms one of the pleasantest ways possible of passing the 
time for many who cannot enter into the more active recreations 
of the Camp. 

Yours sincerely, 

"OUD CHORISTER." 

("Old Chorister" and his friends will have plenty of opportunity of 
indulging their tastes at the Coming Eisteddfod. — Ed.) 



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ÄLTHOUGH only an infinitesimal part of the Camp plays 
tennis, yet a surprising interest has been evinced in the 
Tennis Tournament. By the time this is in the hands of the 
reader, the various competitions should have been finished, but 
at the time of writing the first round is hardly completed. No 
new stars have at present arisen in the tennis firmament, although 
Roberts has played a surprisingly good game, while Macintosh 
has thoroughly fulfilled the hopes expressed with regard to 
him in a former article. He was defeated by Masterman it is 
true, but nevertheless the defence he put up was a brilliant 
Performance, and was only beaten by the uncanny steadiness 
of his Opponent. The best game was, as expected, the meeting 
of Logie and O'Hara Murray in the Handicap singles. The 
Handicaps were, Logie — 15. 1/6, O'Hara Murray, Scratch. 
While there was from the very beginning no question as to the 
winner, yet Mr. Murray is to be heartily congratulated on the 
plucky struggle he put up, and the surprising way he got about 
the oourt. Another exciting game was that between Hill and 
Swift on one side, and Masterman and Coote on the other, 
which was won by the former pair only after their opponents 
had been within a point of the match in the second set. Swift 
is playing much better than his form in practioe games led 
one to expect, and his victory over Kindersley was very well 
deserved. Gilbert is playing sound tennis, and so far has walked 
with ease through all his opponents. Maxwell, on the other 
hand, has not oome at all up to expectations. In his match 
against Wolff he was far too inclined towards generosity in the 
first set, and consequently had to work hard to win the match 

I (Continued on page 47.) 



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8 — 6 in the last set, and this against a player who has an 
advantage of 40 over him in the handicaps. Our benevolent 
Captain G. Fisher has evinoed surprising egergy. His game 
with Crossland as partner against O'Hara Murray and Cornwall 
was very sound, and probably pulied off the match. Venturing 
a few prophecies, we may say we expect to see Masterman 
get into the Semi- ; Finals of the Open Singles by beating Gilbert, 
although to do this he will have to go all out. On the form 
shown so far we expect Hjarrison and Maas in the Finals 
of the Open Doubles, although this entails their beating McDornan 
and Ripley. In the Handicap Doubles after a somewhat sur- 
prising victory over Gilbert and Harrison, McGill and Roupell 
have a very good chance of carrying off the laureis. So far 
as the Handicap Singles are concerned, we believe it will resolve 
itself into a struggle between the people on the back mark, 
and Masterman and Logie will probably appear in the Final. 
It is only to be hoped that the weather will clear up agaih. 
for wind and rain are the only obstacles to some fine tennis, 
the courts, thanks to the good care bestowed upon them, proving 
most satisfactory. 



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